DirecTV Raising Prices in March

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DirecTV Raising Prices in March

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I, on the other hand, am not so forgiving.  This is going to make it that much easier for me to make my impending cacellation.

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What are you going to instead?  The only thing cheaper would be OTA and there just aren't enough options OTA for my needs.

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OTA is exactly what I'm going to.  If I can get my antenna problems straight!  I'm so frustrated.  I changed the coax cable the other month and all the problems I had were gone.  My signal strength had been excellent ever since.  Now since last night I'm having trouble getting enough signal strength on all my channels to tune them in.  The one VHF channel is hitting 93% and the rest are 0%.  I've managed tonight to get a couple channels into the 40's%, but between 4:30 and 6:00...zilch.  It has great timing with the Super Bowl coming on Sunday.

OTA I think will be fine for me.  95% of what we watch are on the locals.  The stuff that we watch that's not are really just "time-killers" any way.  Shows like Reba, Seinfeld...it's stuff we've already seen.  I usually just have 'em on until prime time.  March Madness will start in mid-March and then all the games will switch to CBS.  So, I'll miss the NBA Playoffs; I don't watch 'em any way until they get to the Finals which will be on ABC.  And I never watch regular season baseball.  So I shouldn't miss anything until around September when college football starts back.  Then maybe I'll get the satellite back.

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That's right!  Damn the man!  Very similar to my line of reasoning when I bid farewell to satellite.  Well, that and the threat of getting laid off from work (whew!).
For your OTA woes, once you get 'em figured out, you'll never go back.  By the time college football starts, there will be some sort of online package available (similar to the NFL Network one starting next season.  YAY!) for your fave team, I'm sure.
Now if only I didn't have to install TV Pack to get the correct OTA schedules in VMC...

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OTA is exactly what I'm going to.  If I can get my antenna problems straight!  I'm so frustrated.  I changed the coax cable the other month and all the problems I had were gone.  My signal strength had been excellent ever since.  Now since last night I'm having trouble getting enough signal strength on all my channels to tune them in.  The one VHF channel is hitting 93% and the rest are 0%.  I've managed tonight to get a couple channels into the 40's%, but between 4:30 and 6:00...zilch.

What kind of antenna setup do you have?  My OTA is 70%+ for all channels and the major networks are 93%+.  But, I went all out with a roof mount Channel Master w/pre-amp, even though the web said I could get away with an indoor antenna.  It's great, but I'd miss out on so many movies, cable TV series, and TV movies if I got rid of satellite.  Most of the regular TV shows suck (Fringe and House being some of the select few that don't), so I'd have nothing to watch.  ;D

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TV movies are replaced by Netflix instant queue. Regular tv stuff, Lost, Life on Mars, Fringe, House, Lie to Me... Lots of options.

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These issues sound just like my Comcast dilemma. They raised their prices across the board. So for Christmas I asked the wife for a HTPC case (LC-17) that would be acceptable for the entertainment center.
I had this plan in the back of my head three years ago when I built the house. I had the OnQ installers run a coax drop from the attic to the comm box. Then last month I dropped every service I had from Comcast other than classic cable and data package.
I put a DB4 up in the attic and ran it to my HDHomeRun for my local HD. I plan on adding a VHF antenna up their to help with High VHF channels and FM.

Most of the TV I watch is network TV and I can barely keep up with my recordings. Plus the classic cable allows all my TVs in the house to have their own signal.

And like Mast3rL33 I use Netflix. The next step after I get the second antenna is to get another HDHR.

Skirge01, you mention missing out on TV series. This is where cable's on demand feature comes in. Assuming you don't mind waiting till the last month of a series which is rarely more than 2 months you can just pick up a cable box for a couple weeks and use On demand to catch up with the series and take it back when you are done.

I did that for Dexter, True Blood and Brotherhood last year.

Overall I dropped my Cable bill from 150 to around 85.

What I lost and will miss a bit. Watching pay TV shows as soon as they come out and (5 minutes later) and a slight loss in SD quality. And the SD quality is a real if. Occassionaly eyeballs seems to float for a fraction of a second out of place.

I gained around 800 bucks a year. About 10 times the recording space, a better guide, the ability to record 2 hd and 2 analog channels at the same time and still watch live tv with th TVs tuners.

To me the money savings made it a no brainer and more than paid for my HTPC.

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I don't understand why people are so upset when a provider announces a price increase.  DirecTV just spent megabucks launching several new satellites with loads of HD channels.  Did you all really expect this wouldn't affect your rates?  Everybody complains when a provider doesn't give them what they want and then they bitch even louder when they get charged for the extra services they demanded.  Someone is going to have to foot the bill for all that fancy new hardware, and I'll give you three guesses who it's going to be (and it ain't me ;D).  Price increases from a TV provider are like death and taxes.  You can always guarantee that they'll happen.

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I don't understand why people are so upset when a provider announces a price increase.  DirecTV just spent megabucks launching several new satellites with loads of HD channels.  Did you all really expect this wouldn't affect your rates?  Everybody complains when a provider doesn't give them what they want and then they bitch even louder when they get charged for the extra services they demanded.  Someone is going to have to foot the bill for all that fancy new hardware, and I'll give you three guesses who it's going to be (and it ain't me ;D).  Price increases from a TV provider are like death and taxes.  You can always guarantee that they'll happen.

I agree, the $5 rate hike from DirecTV seems quite reasonable given all the strides they've made. What I don't like is when Comcast slowly ups their fees and I haven't seen any changes, where I live currently is behind surrounding areas which got their cable systems upgraded, there are 3 or 4 HD channels we're missing here >:(

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Most of the TV I watch is network TV and I can barely keep up with my recordings.

There's not enough on network TV for us to watch, so that's part of our issue.

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And like Mast3rL33 I use Netflix. The next step after I get the second antenna is to get another HDHR.

I've never used Netflix and don't want to.  They don't have enough HD content for me and I've read how they screw over their longer, more frequent watchers.

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Skirge01, you mention missing out on TV series. This is where cable's on demand feature comes in.

If I need cable, I may as well keep DirecTV.  It's cheaper and I get more HD content.  DirecTV has VOD, but I never cared for it.  Not enough in HD yet.  (Yes, I'm kinda spoiled.)

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Assuming you don't mind waiting till the last month of a series which is rarely more than 2 months you can just pick up a cable box for a couple weeks and use On demand to catch up with the series and take it back when you are done.

Too much of a hassle to do that.  If I was still a bachelor or in school, maybe I'd have the spare time to do that, but definitely not now.

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Overall I dropped my Cable bill from 150 to around 85.

I'm actually only paying a little over a hundred, so I'm not complaining.

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I gained around 800 bucks a year. About 10 times the recording space, a better guide, the ability to record 2 hd and 2 analog channels at the same time and still watch live tv with th TVs tuners.

I'm using Sage, so I have the recording space, a better guide, total control over my content, and extra tuners.  It's the content that I'd miss if I got rid of DirecTV.  Would you get rid of cable completely, like the OP?  That's what I was getting at with the OP.

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What I don't like is when Comcast slowly ups their fees and I haven't seen any changes, where I live currently is behind surrounding areas which got their cable systems upgraded, there are 3 or 4 HD channels we're missing here >:(

That's what drove me away from Cablevision something like 10 years ago.  My cost kept going up--more than once a year, I might add--yet, I wasn't getting any additional channels or features.  In fact, at the time, they were TAKING AWAY channels I WANTED.  DirecTV keeps adding things I use.

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Mhm. Comcast's rates creep up at least twice a year. If I wasn't an apartment dweller I'd consider Dish or DirecTV. Where I live right now can't get U-verse either (no FIOS in Nor. Cal.), so the only real option is to just deal, which fine, but annoying.

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I've been with FIOS for two years now and I think we've only had one rate hike in all that time.  I believe I'm still grandfathered into some of the older fees for cablecards and such so overall I'm relatively unaffected by the higher rates.  They have added a lot of new HD channels but most of them were included in my existing package at no extra cost.  They did add a new HD Extreme package for an additional $10, but since it included several of the channels I watch I gladly forked over the coin to finally get them in HD.  I'd say that of all the channels I watch and record from on a regular basis, probably 95% of them or more are in HD.

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I've never used Netflix and don't want to.  They don't have enough HD content for me and I've read how they screw over their longer, more frequent watchers.

I don't know what you've read but I've been with Netflix for 3 years now and we have movies going back and forth as much as anybody and I have never thought that Netflix has ever delayed our movies.  I have heard people say that Netflix does this but I have never actually seen it.  Netflix has continued to improve the whole time I have been a member and I just can't fault it, even the Watch Now has improved but there are still not alot of movies yet.

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There was a more recent article just last year, but here's a pretty decent synopsis.

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It used to take two days to return and two to receive from Netflix and now it is down to 1 day both ways. I can usually get two sets of movies per week.

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I can only assume that was directed toward my comments.  However, I am almost postive I am not the first one to mention this here in order to speed up turnaround.  I believe as long as one does not keep or copy the movie that it's OK.  However, I will agree that according to the "terms of use" that it goes against those terms.

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